"LIBERIA DESERVES TO WIN", SAYS TUNISIA BOSS

By Varflay Kamara, Gbarnga Bong County

+231886931744/+231770581886/varflaykamara@gamil.com

Tunisia head coach Poland Henryk Kasperczak has swallowed the bitter pails from his team defeat against the Lonestar of Liberia and declared the win for the Red, White and Blue outfit as a deserving one.

At a post match press conference, coach Kasperczak was emphatic that Lonestar dominated proceedings and deserved all three points.

The game between Liberia and Tunisia in Monrovia was in continuation of a qualifying campaign to reach the finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

He congratulated the Lonestar of Liberia and made it cleared that Group A which comprised of Togo, Tunisia, Liberia and the group's underdogs Djibouti is mainly competitive between Togo, Tunisia and Liberia.

The Tunisia coach was quick to point out that the Antoinette Tubman Stadium which many football pundits may consider not up to standard, is for both teams and there was nothing to shift blame on the look of the playing pitch.

The Lonestar took total control of the game from start to finish.

First half ended 0-0 with the Lonestar admired by its fans for defensive midfielder Patrick Gerhardt and striker William Jebor's shots on target.

It was in the 79th minute just on the brink of the full ninety minute when the deadlock goal puncher Francis Grandpa Forkey Doe headed into the net via a volley from Debbah's man of the match Sam Johnson that ended the goal draught in the match.

In another result in the group, Togo won their second straight 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier when triumphing 2-0 in Djibouti but did so without star striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Unwanted by Tottenham Hotspur, the 31-year-old failed to respond to a call-up following a row over the captaincy ahead of Togo's win over Liberia in June.

New captain Serge Akakpo wasted little time in making an impact, scoring after three minutes, before Jonathan Ayite doubled the lead before half-time.

Togo lead Group A with six points.

Tunisia beat Djibouti 8-1 during the opening round of 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers in June.

This is how it looks like in Group A
Group A

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Togo 2 2 0 0 4 1 3 6
2 Tunisia 2 1 0 1 8 2 6 3
3 Liberia 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
4 Djibouti 2 0 0 2 1 10 -9 0

The Lone Star of Liberia will this Saturday hosts Tunisia

 

 

By LFA Press

 

The Lone Star of Liberia will this Saturday hosts Tunisia in continuation of the AFCON 2017 qualifiers having lost the first 2-1 away to Togo.

The match is crucial for the Lone star knowing that the North Africans also won their opening match with whooping 8 goals.

The visitors landed this evening with a 68 member delegation comprising 27 players, officials and several media practitioners.

For Liberia, 23 players including 14 foreign based are gearing up for the match. Omega Roberts and and Tunia Tisdell have pulled out, while local goolie Sampson Giddings also pulled out due to injury.

First choice goolie Nathaniel Sherman is automatically ruled out due to severe wounds he has sustained on of his face in an unfortunate accident yesterday at the camping site at Executive Lodge on the Roberts field highway.

Sherman, who is advised to seek further treatment in Ghana by doctors at the ELWA Hospital, is said to have accidentally bombed into a glass door whilst on a mobile phone.

Oldhand Saylee Swen of LPRC and LISCRE's Tommy Sango are the goolies left.

With these and many more, the media will have the opportunity to speak to the coaches of both teams: James Debbah, 47, and Polish Henryk Kasperczak,68, at 2pm at the LFA on Friday September 4.

Afcon 2017: Youssef Msakni recalled to Tunisia squad

Youssef Msakni returns to the Tunisia squad for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia six months after he last played for the team.

The 24-year-old, who plays in Qatar, is part of coach Henry Kasperczak's 23-man group for the 6 September Group A tie.

Kasperczak has chosen eight Etoile du Sahel players, but has left out CS Sfaxien's Ali Maaloul and Club Africain's Houcine Nater.

"With due respect, Etoile are the best team in Tunisia right now," he said.

"I will never ignore or disrespect any club, but Etoile players are showing strong performances in the Confederation Cup and the Tunisia Cup."

The veteran coach, who replaced Georges Leekens in July, has also drafted in uncapped duo Ammar Jemal and Hamza Lahmar.

Tunisia eased to an 8-1 win over Djibouti, the third lowest ranked national football team in the world, in their opening qualifier.

Tunisia squad:

Goalkeepers: Moez Ben Cherifia (Espérance), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Club Africain), Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel)

Defenders: Aymen Abdennour (Monaco, France), Syam Ben Youssef (Caen, France), Ghazi Abderrazzek, Selim Ben Jemai (CS Sfaxien), Alaya Brigui, Zied Boughattas, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Hamdi Nagguez and Ammar Jemal (Etoile du Sahel), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Esperance)

Midfielders: Yassine Chikhaoui (Al-Gharafa SC, Qatar), Mohamed Ali Moncer (CS Sfaxien), Houcine Ragued (Espérance), Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux, France), Mohamed Methnani (El-Jaish, Qatar)

Forwards: Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya, Qatar) Hamza Lahmar (Etoile du Sahel), Hamza Mathlouthi (CA Bizertin), Amine Chermiti (FC Zürich, Switzerland) Saber Khelifa (Club Africain)

Tunisia Squad Picked for Liberia Qualifier

Tunis — Coach of the Tunisian national team Henryc Kasperczek named 23 players for next September 5 game against Liberia in Monrovia as part of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) day-2 qualifier.
 
Tunisia Defeated Djibouti 8 - 1 in her first match TO Lead Group A

The players are: Aymen Mathlouthi (Etoile du Sahel), Farouk Ben Mustapha (C. Africain), Moez Ben Cherifia (Esperance ST), Aymen Abdennour (AS Monaco, France), Ghazi Abderrazak (ES Sahel), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (ES Sahel), Selim Ben Jemia (CS Sfaxien), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Espérance ST), Syam Ben Youssef (SM Caen, France), Alaya Brigui (ES Sahel), Zied Boughattas (ES Sahel), Amine Chermiti (FC Zurich), Yassine Chikhaoui (Al-Gharafa, Qatar), Ammar Jemal (ES Sahel), Sabeur Khelifa (C.Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux, France), Hamza Lahmar (ES Sahel), Hamza Mathlouthi (CA Bizertin), Mohamed Methnani (Al-Jaich, Qatar), Youssef Msakni (Lekhwiya, Qatar), Mohamed Ali Moncer (CS SFaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (ES Sahel) and Houcine Ragued (Esperance ST).

 

Reserve players: Achraf Krir (ES Zarzis), Ali Machani (Esperance ST), Yessine Meriah (CS Sfaxien) and Maher Hannachi (CS Sfaxien).

 

 

Afcon 2017 Qualifiers

Group A

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Tunisia 1 1 0 0 8 1 7 3
2 Togo 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
3 Liberia 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
4 Djibouti 1 0 0 1 1 8 -7 0

MATCH DETAILS

 
 
Referee : Maudo Jallow 1st assistant : Dickory Jawo 2nd assistant : Karamo Forbes
 
Stadium: Antonitte Tubman Studium (Ats), Monrovia Date: 05/09/2015 - 16:00
 

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